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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication date March 6, 2012
Pages 238
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781594485640
ISBN-10 159448564X
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States comes an examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn. 

 

Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing. From the arrival of the New England missionaries in 1820, who came to Christianize the local heathens, to the coup d'état led by the missionaries' sons in 1893, overthrowing the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, if often appalling or tragic, characters. Whalers who fire cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their god-given right to whores; an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband; sugar barons, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaiian-born president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade.

With her trademark wry insights and reporting, Vowell sets out to discover the odd, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state. In examining the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn, she finds America again, warts and all.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781410438256
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (June 15, 2011)
9781410438256 | details & prices | 341 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $31.99
About: A New York Times Bestselling Author -- Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Riverhead Books (March 6, 2012)
9781594485640 | details & prices | 238 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: From the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States comes an examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781442337299
 
Unabridged edition from Simon & Schuster (March 22, 2011)
9781442337299 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.42 lbs | List price $29.99

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